GET THE SURFACE READY
In order for the paint to go on smoothly you must be sure the surface is clean. Remove any dirt, handprints, etc. from all areas to be painted. Lightly sand glossy spots to avoid streaks.
SELECT A PAINT COLOR AND SHEEN
So many choices! Many stores offer small cans so you can bring home some different colors to put up on the wall and really see it. All paint looks different depending on lighting or time of day. Remember: Higher sheen paints are more durable than flat so use in high traffic areas. Low-lustre paints offer more warmth and depth than flat paint. Maybe tye a high sheen paint on the ceiling which offers good reflection in the room.
DON’T SKIMP AND GO CHEAP
A high quality paint is your best friend. You may want to save a buck on cheap paint, but in the long run it is not worth it. The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute, a national painting education group, recommends purchasing top-quality acrylic latex interior paint. It will go on smooth and cleanup is a breeze.
THE RIGHT PAINT TOOLS ARE KEY
Using a roller to paint? Select the right roller nap for the proper coverage. A smooth painting surface will need a short nap, rough or textured walls will need a longer nap. Synthetic materials are best when applying latex or water based paints. Your painting specialist at your local paint store will be able to steer you in the right directions and make sure you have the property tools.